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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
When we take our cars and go out for a drive, we rarely – maybe never – consider how the road system makes our lives easier. It is even more improbable that we give a thought to those energetic human beings who built the infrastructures we use every day. Nonetheless, their efforts allow us to do what we normally do. Knowing the people who made the Texan road system one of the best in the United States can be an exciting adventure. It is thanks to Gary Scharrer that we discover the stories of the roads and of the people who built them. In his illustrated book, Connecting Texas, we meet extraordinary men and women and discover their passion and commitment. Sharrer recalls achievements, generosity, and the impact of technology. At the end of Connecting Texas, he also reflects on the future of such an incredible legacy.
Connecting Texas is a memorable book, rare to the point of being unique. Scharrer describes the advantages of having highways and bridges, but it is in the stories of the people who made them happen that he makes his point. When he reveals the lives and values of the entrepreneurs and quotes their words extensively, the process becomes more human. Readers can sympathize with the people who built their roads and understand what their interests were. I believe this is the best accomplishment of this book. Moreover, the bold font used to highlight the most important quotes and the wonderful pictures that accompany the text make Connecting Texas even clearer. Indeed, this is a book to treasure.